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Cablegate: Turkey Shares Usg's Oslo Process Concerns

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PP RUEHBW
DE RUEHAK #0907 1330930
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
P 120930Z MAY 08
FM AMEMBASSY ANKARA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 6241
INFO RUEHZG/NATO EU COLLECTIVE PRIORITY
RUEHGV/USMISSION GENEVA PRIORITY 1587
RUEHNO/USMISSION USNATO PRIORITY 6428
RUCNDT/USMISSION USUN NEW YORK PRIORITY 3005
RUEKJCS/JOINT STAFF WASHINGTON DC PRIORITY
RUEKJCS/SECDEF WASHDC PRIORITY

C O N F I D E N T I A L ANKARA 000907

SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: DECL: 05/08/2018
TAGS: MOPS PARM PREL NATO UN TU
SUBJECT: TURKEY SHARES USG'S OSLO PROCESS CONCERNS

REF: STATE 48124

Classified By: Pol-Mil Counselor Carl Siebentritt, Reasons 1.4 (b) and
(d)

1. (C) We delivered reftel points to MFA Department Head for
Disarmament and Nonproliferation Elif Ulgen on May 8. Ulgen
said the GOT shared USG concerns about Article 1 (b) and (c)
of the Oslo Process draft text, and agreed with the U.S.
position that the workarounds developed for the Ottawa
Convention would not be an appropriate model for cluster
munitions.

2. (C) Ulgen reconfirmed that the GOT will not be a
signatory to the Oslo Process. In addition to concerns about
the potential impact on Alliance interoperability, Ulgen said
the GOT had three additional concerns:

-- Although the Turkish military does not use cluster
munitions, it maintains them in its inventory as an important
element in Turkey's national defense. Ulgen said the Turkish
General Staff has indicated that there are no real
alternatives to cluster munitions for addressing Turkey's
defense requirements.

-- None of Turkey's neighbors appear to be interested in
becoming signatories;

-- Turkey is not in position to make any additional
disarmament commitments as it is still focused on meeting its
Ottawa Convention obligations to eliminate its stockpile of
anti-personnel landmines.

3. The GOT plans to attend the May 19 Dublin meeting as an
observer, and the delegation will be headed by the Turkish
ambassador to Ireland, who will be supported by working level
experts from Ulgen's office. Ulgen stated that the GOT
continues to view the Convention on Certain Conventional
Weapons (CCW) as the most appropriate venue for developing a
sensible way forward on cluster munitions that strikes a
balance between humanitarian concerns and military
requirements, and will intensify its engagement in the CCW.
Ulgen confirmed that the GOT will attend the CCW's July
experts group meeting. Turkey also strongly supports the
NATO tasking for the NATO Military Authorities (NMA) to
provide military advice on the impact the Oslo Process would
have on NATO operations, and will be very interested in NMA
input.

4. (C) Ulgen took on board the need to share GOT concerns
about the Oslo Process with Allies since, if adopted, the
current text would have an impact on overall Alliance
interoperability, irrespective of whether individual Allies
become signatories to the Process.

Visit Ankara's Classified Web Site at
http://www.intelink.sgov.gov/wiki/Portal:Turk ey

WILSON

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